After finishing my last devotional book, I've been hoping to find something else to usher me into Jesus' presence each morning. Leaving yoga yesterday I stumbled on a great little bookstore next door -- Gatsby Books in Long Beach. As I browsed the shelves I noticed they carried a small publisher is like -- Write Bloody -- and my favorite poet, Derrick C. Brown.
I saw two titles I didn't own and picked them up. It wasn't till I got home that I realized I'd found my next devotional.
I've written here before: all truth is God's truth. And I believe this applies to art as it explores and expresses the truth of love, relationships, and the world -- all things God says he cares deeply about.
So when I opened up my new find, I Love You Is Back, I was first drawn to a poem called "Saint Marks," as it captured something is recently felt and experienced.
By Derrick C. Brown
The telephone wires must be down.
You still haven’t called this winter.
I decide to go to the church,
I see it from Highway 31, off the road a little bit. Spring Hill.
The roof has blown off of the Tennessee Assembly of God, formerly known as Saint Marks.
I go in with a camera.
The backdoor is unlocked and the carpets are flooded. Grass is clawing through the floorboards.
There is a sycamore in the parking lot whose leaves will not let go.
Fake stained glass decals and pews broken by axes. Hymnals warped.
There is a dove design
This church was great.
I return home to a room without.
There’s a plastic orange skyline of pill bottles on the nightstand. There’s a photograph of someone forcing a smile.
in case she ever comes back.
A chapel fills with snow.
View a sample of the book here: http://writebloody.com/shop/products/i-love-you-is-back/